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Size: Small (10 to 25 lbs.)
Lifespan: Long (12 to 15+ years)
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Loveable, sociable Pugs are often known as canine comedians, with clownish and a real sense of humor. Though their true origin is up for debate, Pugs most likely hail from ancient China, and were recorded in writings as early as 600 BC. Through the 1800s, Pugs were traded throughout Europe, where they served as lap dogs to many royal families. Modern Pugs can be black, or fawn (and the fawn coloring can either be silver or apricot.) Pugs are known for the "squashed" (short, flat) wrinkly face, stout body, and curly tail. Their short legs make them lovers, not runners. In general, Pugs are ideal for families with children or elder owners, since their docile personality and indoor nature require little care but lots of love. In return, Pug owners will be cuddled, sniffed, snored at, licked, sneezed on, and loved forever unconditionally. Pugs, although a toy breed, are not too fragile for small children, and love to play. Pugs are great with kids, seniors, strangers, and all other animals. Otis, from the popular movie Milo & Otis, is a fawn-colored Pug whose shenanigans are typical of the breed.

General Care

Ever since the release of the modern blockbuster hit Men in Black, Pugs have become overwhelmingly popular. Unfortunately, this created an influx of questionable breeders and an onslaught of rescues. The first step in getting a Pug is contacting shelters for available dogs or ensuring that the breeder has both a good reputation and applicable papers. Pugs should be welcomed into a home with lots of love to give. They may not be the most athletic dogs, but they do thrive on walks and the companionship of their owners, and easily develop separation anxiety. The nature of their noses often makes it difficult for pugs to breathe, so they're not suited for extreme temperatures. To maintain the general health of a Pug, it's important to keep their ears clean, as well as the folds of skin between their eyes and nose. And as any veteran owner knows, Pugs must have strict regulations on their eating. As their "pig" tails prove, "Puglets" will eat you out of house and home if you let them! Common health problems include: obesity; breathing; eye, ear and nose infections; sensitivity to heat; "reverse sneezing", wheezing, and snoring; and dental problems.

For more information on Pug ownership and care, check out Pugs.org.

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